MSU Men’s Soccer hosts Wisconsin on Alumni Day on Sunday
EAST LANSING, Michigan- Michigan State Men’s Soccer concludes a two-game homestand, hosting Wisconsin on Sunday, Oct. 2 at 2 p.m. The Spartans will also celebrate Alumni Day against the Badgers on Sunday. MSU will honor former Spartans alumni at halftime.
Owen Oszust and Nora Fleming will be on call for BTN StudentU.
Coming off a 2-0 win over Michigan on Sept. 27, the Spartans are 3-4-2, 1-0-1 in the Big Ten. Wisconsin is 3-4-1 overall and 0-2-0 in the league.
HISTORY OF THE SERIES AGAINST WISCONSIN
The Badgers lead the overall series with the Spartans 24-14-7. MSU leads 2-1-2 overall the past five games. In East Lansing, Wisconsin has a slight advantage, 7-8-3. Last season at Madison, the teams tied 1-1. Michigan State had a dominating performance against Wisconsin the last time the two teams met in East Lansing with a 4-1 victory in March 2021.
WATCHING THE Badgers
Wisconsin currently holds an overall record of 3-4-1 with an 0-2-0 mark in Big Ten competition. The Badgers are coming off a 0-0 draw against Northern Illinois on Sept. 28. Wisconsin lost the Big Ten to Penn State and Rutgers.
The Badgers are fifth in the Big Ten with 42 points, 13 goals and 10 assists. Inaki Iribarren, Aron Saevarrson and Ignasi Marques all lead the team in assists with three. Max Keenan is fourth in the Big Ten in goals scored with four.
LOOK IN REAR VIEW
Michigan State Men’s Soccer used a first baseman from Mercier Greyson and a late goal from Jonathan Stout to be combined with a clean sheet of Owen Finnerty for a 2-0 win for MSU over Michigan for the Big Bear Trophy on Tuesday night at a rainy DeMartin Stadium.
A packed house and a national television audience watching on Big Ten Network watched a closely contested game that saw junior forward Mercer score a seventh-minute goal and the forward’s first career goal for freshman Stout in the 82nd minute.
Spartan Senior Guardian Owen Finnerty recorded his first clean sheet of the season. Finnerty is a graduate transfer from Michigan who faced his former team for the first time and went undefeated in Big Bear Trophy games as Tuesday’s victory was the Spartans’ first in the series since 2017. MSU leads the overall series with UM, 34 years old. -12-7, including 17-3-4 in East Lansing.
NO GRAY SKIES FOR GREYSON
junior striker Mercier Greyson has come on strong lately. He scored the tying goal against No. 16 Indiana on September 23 and the game-winning goal against Michigan on September 27. He is 10th in the Big Ten in goals scored with three.
PACKING UP THE HOUSE
Michigan State is historically among the best in the nation when it comes to packing DeMartin Stadium. This week, MSU is fifth in the nation in attendance, averaging 2,407 fans per game. The Spartans are first in the Big Ten ahead of Maryland (2,380) and Indiana (2,205). MSU’s biggest crowd of the season was the 3,047 fans who packed DeMartin in to watch MSU beat Michigan on Sept. 27.
OPENING OF THE BIG TEN
MSU opened the B1G game at No. 16 Indiana on September 23. The Spartans are 6-1-3 in their last 10 Big Ten openers. After facing Rutgers in the Big Ten’s first game the past four seasons, MSU tied Wisconsin 1-1 last season in Madison.
It was the first time Michigan State faced Indiana in the Big Ten opener since a 0-0 overtime tie in Bloomington on Sept. 25. In 2004, the Hoosiers won the Big Ten opener at East Lansing, 3–1.
FIND THE BENEFITS
senior defender Will Perkins had a great start to the 2022 season. He is tied for first in scoring with two goals and two assists for six points.
AROUND THE LEAGUE
Maryland and Rutgers top the Big Ten standings with seven points, going 2-0-1 in three games. With four points, the Spartans are tied for third with Indiana, No. 11 Ohio State and No. 20 Penn State.
A LOCAL CHILD DOES GOOD
Native Okemos Jack Guggemos made the most of his early opportunities, he started five of Michigan State’s nine games. Against Bowling Green on September 9, he scored his first collegiate goal on the junior forward’s pass Mercier Greyson. He followed that performance with a goal against Chicago State. The rookie is third in scoring, behind Mercier Greyson and Will Perkins.
With a 2-0 win over Michigan on September 27, Michigan State got its first shutout of the season. MSU allowed one goal to Army, West Michigan, Bowling Green, Chicago State and Indiana. Before the win over the Wolverines, the Spartans’ last shutout was a 1-0 win over Ohio State on October 17, 2021 at East Lansing. Goalie MSU Owen Finnerty recorded his first shutout as a Spartan and his 10th for his career.
ENTER THE GAME
The Spartans had a lot of players in the game. Twenty-two of the roster’s 28 athletes have played at least one of the nine games this season.
After the Alumni Day battle against the Badgers, Michigan State next plays at No. 20 Penn State on Oct. 7 at 7 p.m. The Spartans will then return home to face Saint Mary’s on Tuesday, October 11 at 7 p.m. -conference game.
Nine different players have scored all 13 goals for MSU this season. junior striker Mercier Greyson leads the team in points with three goals and two assists for eight points. Red Shirt – Senior Defender Will Perkins is the second-leading scorer with two goals and two assists for six points, while freshman midfielder Jack Guggemos scored two goals and an assist for five points. Six players have scored a goal so far this season, including freshmen Jake Spadafora and Jonathan Stout.
FIND THE 11
Only three Spartans have started the first nine games of the season, including the seniors Jack Beck. Newcomer Owen Finnerty and second Josh Adam also started every game. Six players have seen action in all nine matches, including the first year Jeremy Sharp and junior Jack Zugay.
The Michigan State men’s soccer team had three players named to the top ten players to watch list.
graduate midfielder Jack Beckredshirt-senior defender Will Perkins and junior striker Mercier Greyson have all been honored by the league.
Beck, a native of DeWitt, Michigan, is a two-time All-Big Ten selection for the Spartans, earning first-team honors last season. He finished second on the team in scoring in 2021 with nine points. Beck finished third in the Big Ten last season with seven assists.
Perkins, a native of Detroit, Michigan, returns for his fifth season with Michigan State. He started all 17 games last season. Also in 2021, Perkins finished fourth on the team in scoring with two goals and two assists for six points.
Mercer, a native of Heber City, Utah, is entering his third season with the Spartans. He has played 13 games over the past two seasons with four starts.
Michigan State is bringing back several veterans to the 2022 team. Both Jack Beck and Will Perkins will return for their fifth season with MSU. The captaincy duo is the final roster Spartans who were part of the 2018 College Cup squad.
O CAPTAIN! MY CAPTAIN!
The Spartan have named three captains this season. The main MSUs will be the seniors Jack Beck, Will Perkins and Louis Sala. This is the second consecutive season that Beck and Perkins have been captains.